Can you imagine the scandal? A twice divorced, very fashionable, 40 year-old American socialite seducing King Edward VIII from the British throne. Well it happened and she did!
Her name is Wallis Simpson and 1937 was the year of the most elegant scandal of the decade. Their relationship caused a royal crisis that culminated when the king made an abdication broadcast to the nation in December 1936, declaring "I have found it impossible ... to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help and support of the woman I love." The British government opposed the king's marriage to Simpson, leaving him little choice if he wanted to marry her, according to journalist Raphael Satter for Associated Press.
Isn't that pretty amazing! I say it's good to see true love prevail! Well a set of jewels once owned by Wallis Simpson earned nearly 8 million pounds ($12.5 million) at a Sotheby's auction in London on Tuesday. Take a look at some of the great vintage jewelry. A girl can dream right? It's rumored that Madonna bought one of her pieces. I think she is directing a movie about her too!
Enjoy and Happy Fashions,
Elisa L'Amour xoxo
(above: Wallis and Edward)
(left: 1940 diamond, emerald and sapphire flamingo clip)
(left: Cartier diamond panther bracelet)
(left:1935 emerald, sapphire and diamond cross bracelet with Simpson in the background)
info obtained here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101201/ap_on_en_ot/eu_britain_wallis__jewels_2